Daily Archives: April 29, 2014

Plants are having unprotected sex and I’m the one suffering for it, and the Feed

OK this is getting really annoying now. Today was the third day in a row I woke up blind because of all the gunk in my eyes with the pollen triggering my allergies. Use a condom you dang trees! Getting serious for a moment, this is really getting on my last nerves. Beyond the fact that I can barely see well enough to type and get around the house, and my allergy meds are making me want to constantly take a nap, I have things to do that require me to leave the house, further than from the front door to the mailbox. Because the mailbox is about as far as I can get by myself in these conditions. I need to get a BMX stem and get it ready for installing on Francis/es so that I can sit up and not have my knees hit the handlebars when I’m riding and so I don’t sit on the wrong part of my butt and saddle, and cause blood stains in my underwear.

On another note, I have been enjoying Shiner FM966 Farmhouse Ale lately. I got a 12 pack that was marked down to under $7 which makes it taste better (good beer for cheap tastes better than the same beer expensive). There is the malty bottom flavor that has some slightly bitter but not overwhelming hops notes on top of that. This is an ale that I genuinely enjoy drinking, in moderation. One of these days I’m going to ride from that campground I was at when I wasn’t posting, the 33 miles to the Shiner brewery in Spoetzl TX. We have to ride by a sausage factory so we might have a mini-Oktoberfest ride that week.

Up first was a hard decision today. But I think this display of unmitigated Stoopid in the state that has once again taken “top” honors for killing the most cyclists has to take that “honor”. Father Of Driver In Fatal Hit & Run Of Bicyclist Speaks Out and Bicyclist Struck and Killed in Fort Lauderdale Sorry Daddy, but the evidence states otherwise than your scion. I’m sure that what you related was what he believes because the brain does some pretty strange things when trying to process missing information, but the physical evidence says your son hit the cyclist square from behind in the bike lane, not in the travel lane where that big ugly truck was supposed to be. Protocols might have helped avoid or prevent injury, but getting the infrastructure “up to Dutch” would have prevented this wreck. Dutch infrastructure would have never placed an unprotected bike lane adjacent to such a fast and heavily-traveled road as that.

Moving completely across the country on the longest diagonal of CONUS, we get a cyclist running into a police van. Cyclist injured after riding bike into parked Seattle police van and Woman without helmet injured after slamming bike into prisoner van 27-year-old bicyclist hits parked police van There was a report (since removed) that the cyclist had been run off the road by a vehicle making an illegal U-turn. Otherwise this wreck is completely unexplained. And while I was trying to find a cached copy I found some really bad stuff from the UK.

Closer to home, be looking for this depraved individual if you ride in Austin. Aggressive driver reportedly aimed for cyclists, runners on Great Northern Seriously, this dude needs to be taken out before someone else get seriously injured or killed. Seriously, this idiot tried to hit a mom pushing a stroller, that’s sociopathic if not psychopathic.

Another cyclist hit in AL. Bicyclist ‘fair’ after injured in Vestavia Hills crash Not much information on this one as “cyclist struck the vehicle” could mean the driver cut the cyclist off and the cyclist had no choice about hitting the vehicle, as in right hooks left crosses or a swoop and squat. There are some possibilities that include a cyclist running a stop sign where the cyclist is at fault, too. Just not enough information to process the report. Infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A car cuts a cyclist off in ID. Bicyclist hit by car in Eagle, driver cited The wreck was the result of a vehicle leaving a main road entering a side road and hitting the cyclist on the main road, so intersection protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent.

A dead cyclist is identified in CA, finally. First S.F. Cyclist Death Of The Year Finally Identified The cyclist was salmon in the bike lane when he was hit, and died about a week later without regaining consciousness. To avoid don’t ride salmon, and get the infrastructure to the point that riding salmon is an annoyance rather than a fatal mistake, like it is in the Netherlands.

More on the cyclist beating down a driver in CA. Bike vs car: The rest of the story So, cyclist gets hit with a truck, drunk jumps out of the truck because the cyclist damaged mirror on truck when he hit the cyclist with the truck, drunk driver’s drunk buddy also jumps out, and the cyclist beats the driver senseless in self-defense, then the cyclist is the “bad guy”? TANJ!

Another “Are you kidding me?” moment from America’s Paradise. Hawaii Driver Allegedly Hits Bikers On Purpose At Bike Safety Event No words, I have no words for this. More 5 cyclists hurt, 2 motorists held in dust-up on Century Ride

A really bad wreck caused by really bad infrastructure in the Great White North. Cyclist, 33, killed while riding bike through St. Denis underpass and Cyclist killed by truck under Des Carrières viaduct This is an abysmal place to ride but unfortunately one of the few places to cross this urban wall highway. Since there is no place to go except to sideswipe a concrete wall protocols are mooted here. There is nothing a cyclist can do except hold line and ride as fast as they can to get away from that death trap. Get the infrastructure right to prevent another death, or just be ready to bury another cyclist and accept the blood on your hands.

Scary-looking wreck in Jolly Olde. Watch: Shocking CCTV shows cyclist being rammed from his bike by a car Nothing the cyclist could have done as the driver swerved into the bike lane and sucker-punched the cyclist with the car. Even the normally car-centric and non-committed UK LEO say this was a deliberate assault.

Perhaps it’s not a good idea to be listening to loud music and high on pot when you ride? Killed cyclist ‘distracted’ by music Not quite sure how the cyclist was “distracted” by “loud music” when headphones were not mentioned in the report… Intersection wreck, use the protocols to avoid or reduce injury, and get the infrastructure “up to Dutch” to prevent. Remember that pot is legal in the Netherlands and they have a very low cyclist injury and fatality rate because even stoned drivers and cyclist are as separated as possible.

More news from Ted in LA. Morning Links: A disgustingly auto-centric driver, and the rest of the story on that biking tech exec beating

Lifestyle in CA. Bicyclist Able to “Finish the Ride” That Nearly Killed Him

Infrastructure! news in IN after a cyclist died from bad infrastructure. Cyclists call for safer bike lanes; tougher penalties This was not far from where the cyclist was hit in the bike lane by a driver who failed to yield when making a left turn.

And last link is infrastructure news from Jolly Olde. Town council want lights back on after cyclist injured in Harwich Standard (BS approved and legal) bike lights are only effective as “be seen” lights so more light is needed in town.

And those were all the links that gave me fits today. No giggles at all, sorry.

Billed @€0.02, Opus